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After the sprightly punk-pop of their debut — Three Imaginary Boys in the U.K, Boys Don’t Cry in the U.S. — the Cure returned in 1980 with a retooled group and sound. New bassist Simon Gallup and temporary keyboardist Mathieu Hartley recast the group as a smoother, increasingly ambient unit. The emerging Goth movement with its emphasis on sparse, bleak soundscapes and robotic, disembodied rhythms would merge well with Smith’s penchant for mysterious and/or overly dramatic lyrics and the group’s eventual flamboyant fashion sense. But here the emphasis is on an austere minimalism that gives extra heft to every guitar note and each interaction between bass guitar and drum.  Each album “side” began with an instrumental. (“The Final Sound” was meant to be a lengthy piece that was curtailed to 52 seconds by the band’s strict budget and the tape literally running out during recording.) “A Forest” was just upbeat enough to qualify as the album’s single and keep up the group’s public profile, but mostly these gorgeous, icy tunes (“Play for Today,” “In Your House”) stand as quiet songs where nothing specific comes into focus but the overall feeling is complete and satisfying. The expanded edition includes 15 rarities, including the early ‘Cult Hero’ single, several home demos and a slew of live tracks that illustrate the band could be just as eerie, if rougher and tougher, in the live context.

Customer Reviews

17 Seconds - The Cure

It is said that a group has a very difficult time coming up with a second album as you generally spend years writing and playing music that becomes a first album- Robert seems to have had no problem if you ask me! This album is a classic-must have for every Cure fan. This album is a world apart from the first album and yet a logical progression. The economic yet tasty drumming of Lol Tolhurst is sometimes mistaken for a drum machine- rest assured it is really a very steady Lol Tolhurst anchored by the deep melodic bass of Simon Gallup. The simple yet majestic keyboard/synth sounds are a perfect addition to Robert Smith's textural, tasty and meaningful guitar work. He is one of the most under appreciated guitarists of all time. Perhaps the first few times of listening you will find enjoyable but I promise- keep listening and you will get-it. You will eventually love this album. As the late Sun Ra said "The Space in between the notes you play is just as important-if not more important as the notes you play". Robert Smith definately knows that Space is The Place!! Also Cure fans must know this- there was a vinyl/cassette double album release of 17 Seconds and the next album Faith which is named something like "Happily Together" er something like that- that copy of 17 Seconds was mastered at the wrong speed!! While that is a nifty collector piece do not seriously listen to that copy.

Quiet Brilliance

Seventeen Seconds is the best sophmore effort I have ever heard. Remastering this particular album wasn't really needed, as the original recording is SUPER clean. I have been a Cure fan since 1983, and this seems to be the album I come back to the most. It is just fast enough to keep you interested, and quiet enough to sooth the nerves. Other Cure records get the credit, but make no mistake, Seventeen Seconds is where the Robert Smith started moving in the directions that would produce the other timeless classic albums we fans love so much. Without this one, there would be no "Faith", "Pornography", or "Disintegration". Check out "Play for Today", "Three", "A Forest", and "M". Disc 2 is mainly old live material cleaned up. What makes disc 2 necessary is the inclusion of the Cult Hero single. Remastering helped this one, as both songs sound great. "I Dig You" has to be one of the most fun songs The Cure has ever been involved with. This is a must have for any Cure fan.

way to censor me!@

I bought this album on vinyll. I'm buying it again. Way to go intertron genius money wheel. Come up with a new media and I will buy it again-endless consumer.


Formed: 1976 in Crawley, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became well-known for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often hid the diversity of the Cure's music. At the outset, the Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before slowly evolving into a more textured outfit. As one of the...
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